SF Sketchfest honored Key and Peele with a hilarious and heartfelt tribute on Saturday afternoon at Cobb’s Comedy Club, with stories of unaired material and hysterical riffing. Both Key and Peele also performed that evening at Brava Theatre with The Black Version, improvising the black version of the audience-suggested film, “Dead Poet’s Society.”
SF Sketchfest kicked off with a 10th Anniversary screening of Napoleon Dynamite and a Tribute to Tenacious D moderated by Paul F. Tompkins. In his Q&A with Starlee Kine, Jon Heder revealed the cast’s enthusiasm while shooting Napoleon Dynamite: “As soon as we finished a scene, we would start quoting that scene!”
SF Weekly’s Comedy Issue hit newsstands Wednesday. The issue features interviews with Nate Bergatze, Ron Funches, Jenny Slate, Kurt Braunohler and opening night headliners Tenacious D. It includes a guide to the 13th annual SF Sketchfest, with an online companion guide to music at the festival. It also features contributions from comedians, locals, frequent visitors and those with San Francisco roots, who have upcoming appearances at the festival
Check it out:
Only in Alameda
By Emily Heller
Still combing the program for this year’s not-to-miss shows? To help you out, we’ve asked staff to share their picks for this year’s fest.
Meet Jay Wertzler, Festival Systems & Operations Manager. Jay hails from the Inner Richmond. In addition to working festivals around town, he hosts a bi-weekly quiz night, edits manuscripts for a literary non-profit in San Diego, and enjoy long naps in the sun with his cat.
# of SF Sketchfests you’ve worked: I think this will be my 4th?!
I saw Charles on accident at Sketchfest 2012. It was the best accident I ever made. They are a consistently inventive sketch duo from Seattle who don’t shy away from the weird. As for Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, you can never go wrong with Ron Funches, and you can definitely never go wrong with Funches’ dulcet tones reading erotica.
Favorite SF Sketchfest memory: Interviewing Lance Crouther, who was in character as Pootie Tang, on stage at the Castro Theatre.
Favorite venue in SF: The Roxie
Jay swears, “I don’t wear JNCO jeans anymore.”